Tigard police believe poor visibility, rain and the pedestrian’s dark clothing contributed to the crash. Neither the Tri-Met driver nor the pedestrian was cited.
Tri- Met has recently adopted a mandatory “recertification” process for its drivers. Many older drivers see the recertification process as an attempt by Tri-Met management to clear its ranks of “old timers”. Others believe Tri-Met is attempting to respond to a series of tragic Tri- Met Crashes in recent years. Once of the worst Tri-Met crashes occurred in April 2010. Several pedestrians were killed in that event involving a younger Tri-Met driver who was eventually fired by Tri-Met in the wake of intense public pressure.
Richard Rizk is an Oregon attorney who helps persons seriously injured in Tri-Met crashes due to the fault of another. He can be reached at (503) 245-5677.